Organized crime: Detention maintained for the kingpin Raynald Desjardins

Organized crime: Detention maintained for the case of Raynald Desjardins

MISE & Agrave; DAY

The boss Raynald Desjardins, whom the police still consider to be one of the most important members of Quebec organized crime even though he has been detained for ten years, has just failed in another attempt to to free. & nbsp;

The veteran mafia was dismissed by the Appeal Division of the Parole Board of Canada (PBC) which confirmed to him last Thursday that he will remain in prison until further notice.

The veteran mafia may have to stay behind bars until 2023 in order to finish serving his sentence there for having plotted the murder of the aspiring godfather Salvatore Montagna, shot dead in Charlemagne in November 2011.

< p> Reasonable decision

Desjardins, who turned 68 in October, challenged the revocation of his parole by the PBC which was ordered in September.

He argued in particular that the PBC had not adequately assessed the risk of recidivism that it represented and that it had based its decision on erroneous or incomplete information.

All his arguments were rejected by the Federal commissioners who are responsible for reviewing PBC decisions challenged on appeal.

Rather, they say this is a “reasonable” decision, based on “safe and convincing” information.

Tense climate

Last spring, Desjardins was able to leave Drummondville penitentiary and was granted parole for about a month.

But the Laval boss, who has turned his back on the Sicilian faction of the Mafia Montrealer after having long been considered the right arm of the late godfather Vito Rizzuto, violated certain conditions imposed on her, in particular having used a bodyguard with a criminalized past and having lied to the PBC about these dating which were forbidden to him.

During a spinning operation last May, the police had observed him in several places with Jean-Charles Denommé, a close friend of the Hells Angels who followed him wherever he went.

Denommé was also in possession of a list of vehicle plate numbers, including that of Stefano Sollecito, a leader of the Rizzuto clan that the police authorities identify among the enemies of Desjardins, according to what our Bureau of Investigation reported on June 1./p>

During this short period, the release of Raynald Desjardins had caused renewed tension within organized crime.

Fearing a settling of scores, the police warned Desjardins and several big names in the Rizzuto clan – including Stefano Sollecito and lawyer Leonardo Rizzuto, son of Vito Rizzuto – that their lives were potentially in danger.

Earlier this year, Desjardins told the PBC that he had “retired” from the criminal world.

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